With the release of the new Xbox 360S and Halo: Reach Xbox Console, Xbox fans are living a dream come true – but is there an underlying source for their bliss? Following are 4 big hardware mistakes made by Microsoft in the past.
1. Red Ring of Death (RRoD)
X-clamps, thermal paste, hot towels, heat guns, E47, and 0102. Do these terms ring any bells? If you’ve come across any of these words, it’s very likely that you’ve been a victim of the infamous Xbox 360 red ring of death – also known as the RRoD. When you turn on your Xbox 360 to see those 3 (sometimes 2 or 1) flashing red lights, your Xbox has RRoDed and its time to either A.) Ship your Xbox 360 to Microsoft or B.) Break that seal on your Xbox 360 and find an X-clamp fix guide.
The worse thing about the infamous Xbox 360 RRoD (other than having a broken Xbox 360) is that the RRoD isn’t your fault. The Xbox 360 was made poorly and has several flaws – poor thermal paste, warping MOBOs, X-clamps, overheating, etc – that have made early Xbox 360s fail with the RRoD at a rate higher than 50%.
2. No Blu-Ray player – EVER!
The Xbox 360 was born in the middle of a High Definition DVD war with two major opposing forces – HD DVD and Blu-Ray. If you find yourself asking “What the heck is an HD DVD?” you might be able to guess which side won. Unfortunately, for Microsoft – and Xbox 360 fans – Microsoft decided to side with HD DVD and sold an expensive HD DVD peripheral that now serves as an expensive paperweight. After Blu-Ray took its rightful place as king in the High Definition DVD war, Microsoft decided – in stubborn Microsoft fashion – to announce that the Xbox 360 would never support Blu-Ray players. Sucks for fans.
3. No HDMI for early Xbox 360 Consoles
Another big High Definition blunder caused by Microsoft as a back-handed smack towards Xbox360 console fans was that up until recently, Xbox 360 consoles didn’t ship with HDMI ports. At first glimpse, not having an HDMI out port might seem like a minor problem, but Xbox 360 fans that wanted to enjoy movies, games, and Netflix with the best quality were just screwed – there was no way to add an HDMI out port.
4. Original Xbox backward compatibility issues
If you purchased and Xbox 360 during its launch or shortly after, you were a proud owner of a console that hardly played any games. The Xbox 360 launch didn’t feature many games and lots of Xbox games didn’t play on the first Xbox 360s until Microsoft released an update – that solved most (not all) of the backward compatibility issues.
For more read Microsoft Releases Official Xbox 360 USB Flash Drives – Don’t Buy Em’, Bury Your Red Ringed Xbox 360 in the Xbox RRoD Coffin, and Xbox 360 is the Worst Lemon of Gaming Consoles.